Dec. 20, 2012 @ 03:50 PM

Food and Beer Experience coming in February
DURHAM – The First Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience will be held Feb. 24 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, Sam’s Quik Shop and DPAC have teamed up to host this food and drink celebration. This event will pair local food from 20 Durham restaurants, beer from 20 North Carolina breweries and more than 30 craft brewers.
This event begins at 4 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at www.dpacnc.com, or at 919-680-2787.
This event will benefit the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.
Deep Dish to present new play workshop
CHAPEL HILL – Deep Dish Theater will present a developmental workshop of a new play by Joel Drake Johnson Jan. 16-20. Directed by Artistic Director Paul Frellick, the workshop continues the company’s 12th season at University Mall.
The play, “A Queer Kiss,” is a look at two sets of parents and their teenage sons. An unexpected kiss ignites a firestorm, with the parents trying desperately to bridge the distance between themselves and their troubled kids in hopes of stopping the brutal bullying of one of the boys. Based on a true story, the play is a portrait of love in many forms and an exploration of adolescence from the dual perspectives of parent and child.
Playwright Johnson is a Chicago-based writer who will be in residence for the workshop. His plays have been produced at Chicago’s Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens theaters, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and across the country.
Performances begin Jan. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Deep Dish is in Chapel Hill’s University Mall, on Estes Drive and U.S. 15-501. The performance on Saturday evening, Jan. 19, will coincide with the theater’s annual fundraising gala.
Tickets are $12. Tickets for the Saturday evening fundraiser are $50, or $80 per couple. Call 919-968-1515 for reservations or visit www.deepdishtheater.org for information.
Scrap Exchange to have new exhibit, holiday party
DURHAM – A new exhibit titled “Living Wage Art” will open today at The Scrap Exchange in the Green Gallery. This exhibit features work by Dan-o Parrish, a local artist whose “Living Wage” series of artwork features spontaneous pop-art illustrations and images drawn or painted on cardboard. Most pieces are then priced at a minimum wage labor rate plus the cost of materials.
Parrish received his BA in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. He has shown his art in various businesses around the Triangle, and is most notable for his “Minimum Wage Art” series at the Inside Scoop in Chapel Hill.
“Living Wage Art” will run in The Green Gallery through Jan. 12. An opening reception will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the Green Gallery opening reception, The Scrap Exchange will be simultaneously hosting its annual holiday party. Additional festivities throughout the evening will include a cupcake walk, free art-making, a Swap-O-Rama-Rama community clothing swap, and Iron Crafter 4: Scrapocalypse!
Admission to the Green Gallery opening reception and Scrap Exchange holiday party is free.
The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center is at 923 Franklin St. in Durham in the Cordoba Center for the Arts.
KidZNotes to present holiday concert
DURHAM – KidZNotes will present its third annual winter concert Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Holton Career and Resource Center Auditorium, 401 N. Driver St.
In the week leading up to the winter concert, Project Ubuntu, an initiative created by Chapel Hill native Daniel Becton, will be working with KidZNotes as part of their year-long journey to support service organizations across the nation. The mission of Project Ubuntu is to visit, celebrate and support people in one community in every state and Washington, D.C., who embody “Ubuntu” through their commitment to service.
At Saturday’s concert, KidZNotes and Project Ubuntu will perform holiday favorites.
KidZNotes is a non-profit program that serves underprivileged children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade through music.
Admission is free. For more details about KidZNotes, visit www.kidznotes.org.
Liberty Arts to reveal bronze pour sculptures
DURHAM – Liberty Arts will present “Bronze Pour Revealed” during today’s Third Friday events. Artists will display the results of the Dec. 1 bronze pour in Durham Central Park.
This free event begins at 6 p.m. at the Liberty Arts studio at 923 Franklin St. in the Cordoba Center for the Arts.
In addition to the sculpture and bronze castings, the molds used in the making will be there too, along with participating artists to explain the process of pouring and casting metal.
There will also be Impromptu Participatory Glass Blowing. George-ann Greth will be at the glass oven inside Liberty Arts welcoming students every 15 minutes from 6 to 9 p.m.
The cost for participating in the glass-blowing is $25.
Third Friday event includes glass, mosaics, other media
DURHAM – Urban Durham Realty, 401C Foster St., will present a wide range of original works from four local artists during today’s Third Friday event. All sales will receive a 10 percent discount.
The artists in this show will be Mara Bishop, fine art paintings; Alicia Ortiz, mosaics, stained glass and bottle art; William Parker, wrought iron sculptures; and
Greg Pattison, natural and urban landscapes photography.
Battle of bands now on DVD
DURHAM – The Adrian Carroll Battle of the Bands Tenth Anniversary Edition DVD is now available for purchase at www.theacproject.org.
This DVD chronicles the battle of the bands that was held at North Carolina Central University in October. Fifteen of the top bands on the East Coast performed at the event.
Doc grant applications now being accepted
DURHAM – First-time filmmakers in the United States who anticipate finishing their projects by March 2014 may be eligible to apply for the 2013 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, administered by the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
The grant provides travel and accommodations to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which takes place April 4-7, 2013. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. Two filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its sixth year.
The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2013. For information, visit www.fullframefest.org.
—From staff reports